Netflix’s The Witcher had a lot to prove. The show was based on a book series of the same name which also spawned a successful video-game franchise. Movies adapted from video games have known to be most disastrous. But the creators knew what they were doing. The show received praise for being faithful to the novel and not depend on the game. It also had to fight the ‘Game of Thrones copycat’ comparisons. But The Witcher still managed to knock the socks off of the audience. The show received huge popularity and became a Netflix sensation. Safe to say, people went crazy for how the show managed to thrill everyone with the excellent characters, their storylines, and the epic monster battles! And while Henry Cavill fought these monsters as Geralt of Rivia, the viewers cheered. Now fans can’t wait for The Witcher Season 2.
The Witcher follows the tale of Geralt of Rivia, an enhanced monster hunter known as a “witcher”. He fights monsters and it is glorious. But he is not the only one we follow. We also follow the stories of Yennefer of Vengerberg and Crown Princess Ciri. The show explores the stories of all three of them finally merging into a single timeline where they have to defend their land known as Cintra from Nilfgaard invaders.
So when is The Witcher Season 2 coming? Keep reading to find out.
Also a friendly reminder, Spoilers ahead!
The Witcher Season 2: Release Date
By now it was obvious that The Witcher is coming back for another season, given its massive popularity.
Geralt's adventure is only beginning….
The Witcher has been renewed for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
— Netflix (@netflix) November 13, 2019
Netflix announced The Witcher Season 2 back on November 13, 2019. This was five weeks before the first season even premiered. Looking at the first season, even Netflix didn’t doubt the show’s quality.
The report said that The Witcher Season 2 will begin production in London in early 2020. They planned to premiere it in 2021.
Then the inevitable happened. Deadline reported that the production on the show shut down on March 16 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was also the first major TV drama to be halted in the UK due to the pandemic.
I’m dusting off my lute and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart
It’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020
But thankfully, there was good news soon enough. On June 22, The Witcher’s official Twitter account posted a poem where they announced that the production would resume on August 17.
Henry Cavill took to Instagram and posted a BTS photo. He also mentioned the safety precautions they have taken at the set.
Cavill said, “Oh, and for those who may be worrying. All of us are Covid cleared and bubbled. We get tested twice a week up here in Kaer Morhen!”
Director Stephen Surjik posted a photo on Twitter on August 5 sharing the safety precautions they have taken at the sets.
First day back after mid spring lock down on Witcher S2. Learning to social distance with my show runner /Exec producer, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. She can conjure narrative and character with a muscular control like the great Houdini. @LHissrich pic.twitter.com/HVHpuDPSd1
— Stephen D Surjik (@SSurjik) August 5, 2020
Netflix has not announced any updates on the release yet. But we can safely bet The Witcher Season 2 would be back in 2021.
But don’t be sad just yet. After the success of The Witcher, Netflix also announced some more stuff. In January 2020, they announced an animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The film will focus on Geralt’s mentor Vesemir.
Then in July 2020, Netflix announced The Witcher: Blood Origins. This one will be a prequel and set 1200 years before Geralt’s time. Speculations are around that Jason Momoa would play the lead in the show.
Who will be back?
According to a report in Deadline, Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan would be back in the next season.
Then on February 29, Killing Eve’s Kim Bodnia was announced as Vesmir. Vesmir is the Continent’s oldest and most experienced Witcher.
Introducing Vesemir: Kim Bodnia will play the Continent's oldest and most experienced Witcher in Season 2 of #TheWitcher. pic.twitter.com/HAmYciZ5K4
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 28, 2020
Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju aka Tormund Giantsbane of Game of Thrones has also been roped in for the next season.
Other returning cast members include:
- Anna Shaffer – Triss
- Joey Batey – Jaskier Cahir
- Eamon Farren – Cahir
- MyAnna Buring – Tissaia
- Lars Mikkelsen – Stregobor
- Terence Maynard – Artorius
- Tom Canton – Filavandrel
- Lilly Cooper – Murta
- Therica Wilson Read – Sabrina
The Witcher Season 2: Potential Plot
Speaking about Season 2, creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said that the stories of their characters would be more focused and driven.
In an interview with Digital Spy, she said that the first season was about building blocks.
“When you get to season two, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other – sometimes getting along, sometimes not. All those things that we set up – Geralt and Yennefer, Geralt and Ciri, Yennefer and Ciri – all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two,” she said.
In an interview with Vulture, Hissrich said that The Witcher Season 2 will pick up right where season one ended. When the three leads meet each other.